Top Things To Do In Crete With Kids

15th June 2018
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Crete is Greece’s largest island, famed for is stunning scenery, gorgeous sunshine and rich culture. Discover sun-drenched beaches of soft powdered sands and warm crystal-clear waters, idyllic landscapes, delicious food and the unparalleled friendly Cretan hospitality.

The fantastic Greek island: Crete, has so much to offer for sun seeking families and is often voted one of the most popular and safe family-holiday destinations.

Whether you and your family want to snorkel in a quiet cove teeming with colourful fish, take on a Greek cooking class, explore quaint villages or hit the mountain bike trails, Crete has plenty of things to do that all of the family will enjoy!

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

Located in Hersonissos, this exciting aquarium is a firm favourite of things to do in Crete with the kids. Not only is it home to a unique display of colourful fish of all shapes and sizes, but you can get up close and personal with crocodiles, octopuses, giant tortoises, pythons and more!

Explore the different sections of recreated natural habitats for various species experiencing interactive opportunities for the kids to hold and feed several inhabitants. The friendly staff will teach you all about the feeding, breeding and lifestyle of all the different fascinating species. Open daily from 10:00 until 18:00 from April until October.

Elafonissi Beach

Crete is famed for having some of the best beaches in the world, with a huge choice of family friendly bays hosting powdered soft sand and easy access into shallow crystal-clear calm waters. Elafonissi stretches for almost a mile long, these is a lot to explore from small coves, interesting rock formations and breath-taking colourful sunsets.

Elafonisi beach, is a firm favourite beach spot in Crete, located on a tiny islet on the southwestern corner of Crete. With its stunning soft pink sand and warm, shallow turquoise waters; making it a great spot for families with young children.

Samaria Gorge

As one of Crete’s most popular sights, Samaria Gorge National Park should be on everyone’s must-visit list while on holiday to Crete.

The walk through the Samaria Gorge takes between 4-6 hours, stretching across a huge 11 miles, it has been named as the longest gorge in Europe. Starting at Xyloskalo (1,227 meters above sea level) on the Omalos Plateau and runs down to the seaside village of Agia Roumeli, on the south coast of Crete. Throughout the gorge there are plenty of resting points to taking in the stunning scenery and relax before continuing along the amazing trail. If you and your family don’t want to complete the whole route, there are locals along the way to take you to the exits.

Boasting breath-taking dramatic landscapes along the way, the National Park is also a protected biosphere reserve, so be sure to keep a look out for diverse wildlife, including the extremely rare kri-kri goat.

Visit The Ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos

Step back in time into Greece’s fascinating rich culture as you explore ancient Crete dating back to the Bronze Age at the archaeological site of Knossos.

The stunning Minoan Palace is located near Heraklion and it is renowned as the most important archaeological finding in Crete. Representing the ceremonial and political centre of Minoan civilization in Crete. Built sometime between 2000 and 1350 BCE, the palace complex hosts a wonderful display of living spaces, workshops, banquet halls, shrines, and storerooms. Immerse yourself in Greece’s popular legend myths, such as the story of King Minos and the Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus and the love story of Theseus and Ariadne, as you explore the ancient palace. Open daily from 08:00 until 19:30 from April until October.

Walk In Dinosaurs’ Footsteps

Step back right into the heart of prehistory as you explore Dinosauria Park on a unique family adventure! Become immersed in the lush greenery of the Mesozoic era as you wander around a recreated habitat home to over 50 species of dinosaurs. All dinosaurs are replicated to their once natural height, combined with life-like motion and sound!

Children will learn all about the lives of dinosaurs through the many fun and interactive displays and educational games along the way through. Excavate fossils, watch amazing movies in the 5D and 7D Cinemas and you can even watch the nursing and birth of a dinosaur in the unique dinosaur hospital. Open from 10:00 until 18:00 every day.

Cretan Underground Caves

Why not take on an exciting family adventure of exploring the many mountainous caves that are of both an archaeological and folkloric interest. In all area you will come across caves of all shapes and sizes decorated with stalactites and stalagmites of different colours and shapes.

One of the most important caves in Crete, Dikteon Cave, is situated within the mountain range Dikti in Eastern Crete. This large cave is full of stalagmites and stalactites home to a large range of wildlife, you may even spot the vampire Mediterranean Ear Bat! According to Greek legend, Dikteon Cave was the birthplace of Zeus, who was raised by the goat Amaltheia here. 


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